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Syria accuses Israel of declaring war after further air strikes

The Syrian government said that Israeli air strikes against military targets around Damascus amounted to a “declaration of war” and threatened retaliation, in the latest sign that the fighting is spilling across the Syrian border and risks sparking a wider regional conflict.

California wildfires: arson not to blame, investigators say

Investigators have ruled out arson as the cause of a huge southern California wildfire that was 75% contained Sunday after burning through coastal mountains and threatening thousands of homes.

Eurozone recession set to deepen as private sector shrinks for 15th month

The eurozone’s private sector shrank for the 15th consecutive month in April – suggesting the single currency area will fall deeper into recession this quarter.

Bangladesh protest violence leaves more than 30 people dead

More than 30 people have died in fierce clashes between police and Islamist protesters in the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka, compounding the chaos in a country struggling to come to terms with a building collapse that killed more 650 people last month.

New York to sue BofA,  Wells Fargo over mortgage practices

(Reuters) – New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Monday he plans to sue Bank of America Corp (BAC.N) and Wells Fargo and Co (WFC.N) for violating the terms of a settlement designed to end mortgage servicing abuses.

Teenager accused of lying in Boston bomb case can be released

(Reuters) – Prosecutors have agreed to the release of a teenager accused of lying to FBI agents in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation while he awaits trial, according to a court filing on Monday.

China bird flu strain can’t cause pandemic . . . yet: CDC

(Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the current strain of bird flu that is causing illness and deaths in China cannot spark a pandemic in its current form – but he added that there is no guarantee it will not mutate and cause a serious pandemic.

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